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A very good evening from Buckingham Palace, where the extended weekend


of celebrations for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee reached its high


point earlier today. We'll bring you the best of the past three days.


We'll be talking to some of those who took part as performers and


organisers, and reflecting on the wider significance of these


celebrations as the Queen marks 60 years on the throne. It's been a


very ambitious programme of events and the results have been


spectacular. Tonight we'll be reminding you of all the highlights.


We'll be enjoying the best parts of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant


- talking to the man who spent three years bringing it all


together, chatting to a woman who paddled down the Thames about her


experience, and meeting the choir who just kept on singing in the


rain. On Monday, some of the biggest names in music performed in


front and on top of the Palace, in the concert to end all concerts.


And we'll enjoy some of today's service of thanksgiving at St


Paul's Cathedral. An unforgettable weekend for these young singers -


we'll be talking to one of the choir boys. And we'll be taking


stock with the historian Dominic Sandbrook. What might future


historians make of the Diamond So let's start with the most


ambitious event of all - the River Pageant held on Sunday, an event in


the rich historic tradition of grand pageants on the Thames when


monarchs and mayors used the river as a stage, as the great artist


Canaletto recorded in the 18th Century. This was his version of


the Thames on Lord Mayor's Day. It was the inspiration for the Diamond


Jubilee Pageant. But today's Thames is very different - it's much


narrower and more shallow, and there are far more bridges to


navigate, so there was plenty of potential for trouble. Who on earth


would want to be in charge of all that? The answer is the pageant


master, Adrian Evans, who organised the entire event. Good to have you


with us. Pardew recovered? Not quite yet, actually. -- have you


recovered? It was extraordinary and We're also joined by June Baker,


who was on board the Artemis Diana - a dragon boat whose crew had all


had their own battles with cancer. What was it like for you out there?


It was incredible. Such an emotional journey for a bus,


getting through cancer but also paddling in this pageant, it has


been incredible. Hold onto those thoughts, we will talk in more


detail. It is a good idea for us to take a look at how the pageant


The six trumpeters of the Royal Marines, on board the Connaught.


This is the Britannia launch, of course. It is going to take the


royal party about three-quarters of a mile, up towards the Royal Barge.


She was greeted on board the Britannia launch by Commodore Tony


Morrow. The royal launch, of course, of Her Majesty's yacht, Britannia,


was used while the royal yacht was in service, to convey it the Queen


from ship-to-shore. Decommissioned in 1997. Princess Elizabeth steam


train on Battersea rail bridge, sending her message to the Treen --


That truly is a magnificent sight. The Duke of Cambridge, accompanied


by Michael Lockett, inspecting the floral arrangements on the Royal


The small craft, raring to go. The Royal watermen, on board the


Britannia launch, getting everything absolutely perfect. For


the Queen to a light a ship she knows so well. And then to move on


to the Royal Barge. Everybody is looking forward to seeing this


magnificent craft, the spirit of Chartwell, slip her moorings and


head off downstream towards Tower Bridge. That is when the pageant


really gets under way. The Royal Standard, being raised, to show the


The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh On the royal road Raj, -- Row barge,


Gloriana in the stroke position to the right hand side. We have Steve


Redgrave, Matthew Pinsent, a couple of Olympic silver medallist sitting


just behind them. And that is the view that the Queen and the Duke of


Edinburgh and the rest of the royal party have got. As all the man


powered craft begin to make their way past. As the pageant is well


I guess these pictures here are the BBC's Canaletto moment. These


beautiful craft, just easing past Well, in amongst these man powered


boats is a gentleman called Ben Fogle, who I am sure everybody


knows so well. Can you hear us? can, thank you. It is an


unbelievable feeling down here. We are just going past Her Majesty the


Queen, the spirit of Chartwell. It is absolutely magnificent. I am


just doing my Royal Salute. Hip, The Sergeant Major in his own


inimitable style, with the three cheers. When the pageant got under


way, how was it going? It achieve that Canaletto moment, with them


heaving away as they started through Albert Bridge. It was


spectacular, it was a vision of humanity. All of those little boats


coming towards you underneath Albert Bridge, it was sensational.


It was a really exciting moment. And a real sense of pleasure that


you saw when the Queen got on to the Britannia launch. She did,


didn't she? There was a real sense... It is 14 years since she


step at a board that basil. It was clearly an emotional moment for her


as well -- since she stepped aboard that a vessel. It was all I ever


wanted it to be. June, a lot of people are saying, how are they


going to do this, it is going to be chaotic. You were right up in the


manpower section, was it chaotic? Not to start with, everybody was in


their own section, everybody was well behaved and I think excited,


but also thinking, we are part of this great historic occasion. Once


we got past the Queen, it was every boat for itself, basically. There


was a bit of competition, wasn't there? There certainly was. We were


paddling at four not so as we were supposed to be. The Maori boat came


up alongside us and it was doing chanting, and we said, my goodness,


we -- it is amazing. So we carried on at their speed and were paddling


alongside them. And a lot of that happen. A lot of boats started


catching up with Gloriana, which they weren't supposed to. We were


one of those! It is the enthusiasm of paddling, you are going to go


for it! For you, it was an extraordinary experience and very


emotional? Yes, it was. When we found out on January 1st that we


had been chosen, and we had two boats in the pageant, that was


incredible. Our second boat, Lucy, was made up of international


paddlers, some of whom we had never met before, which was wonderful in


itself. When we got to the must appoint an but the boats on the


water, and all the crowds came down, it was such an emotional experience.


We thought, we haven't even started yet. Can you spot it? It is a great


side. It is. That probably brings it back. I imagine it was physical


and exhausting? It was. We had been doing a lot of training to be able


to do that speed. What was interesting about the day for us,


it was the team event. Without all our supporters who have helped us


with that training over the weeks before we came, we couldn't have


done it. Adrian, you spoke beforehand about wanting this to be


a legacy, something people would talk about in hundreds of years. Do


you think they will? I think they will. I think it kind of galvanised


communities, wouldn't you say? I think that was the difference. It


was a People's pageant and every boat as a story to tell and


everyone had a heroic journey. To come down to London, and then to


participate on the pageant itself. In the planning, you plan very


meticulously, but surely, you know that when an event like this takes


place, certain elements are not going to go according to plan. How


much contingency was there? How much Hadji built in as a


contingency plan? -- had you built in? We had many plants, from A to Z.


There is always something that will surprise you and the drop in


temperature surprised us. It was out of the norm for June. You can


think of all sorts of things but we hadn't factored that in. It was


brutal out there, really. For you, you had been on the water for hours


and hours. Yes, from mustering point to getting off the boat, it


was seven hours in total. People were very cold and wet. And then


the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh were there, standing on the spirit


of Chartwell for a long time, in driving rain at points. But they


were so enthusiastic. I was up there and I could hear the chit-


chat that was going on and there was a real buzz. They were so


excited. The emotion that was coming from the crowd, and indeed


from the participants, was so warm, that I think it countered that drop


in temperature. It was quite a magical event. A wonderful moment


when they pass the National Theatre, the warhorse up on the top, you


could see the Queen, that was a moving moment. She really did love


that moment. She nudged all of those around her and said, have you


seen it. It was a high point for her. With Joe we rearing. The sense


of achievement, you're exhausted, cold and wet, but what is your


sense of achievement looking back? For myself and other paddlers


taking part, I think we have had a big learning experience being part


of this pageant. Yes, it was historic and we went past the most


wonderful buildings and saw them from different angles. Yes, we have


made new friendships. But I think we have realised that we can do


more following breast cancer. For us, we thought, we are going to be


up against these athletes but we feel we're athletes now, having


completed that. We have actually enjoyed every minute of it and we


Let's look at more of the pageant pageant in the later stages because


the weather was about to get worse, but this is blin and a bit of rain


-- Britain and a bit of rain doesn't stop anyone. We are picking


up when the Royal Barge was The Royal Barge there just going


underneath Lambeth Bridge. The next target will be Westminster Bridge.


There are so many churches, of course, close to the banks of the


River Thames and so many bells can be heard as well as the bells that


are already on the river and ahead of the Spirit of Chartwell.


And there are the Commonwealth flags. I have to say the parade is,


or the pageant rather is pretty much spread out. Princess Eugenie


there with her father, of course. The Spirit of Chartwell with the


Palace of Westminster in the background.


Making very steady progress down The National Theatre, the Royal


Festival Hall. On the top level of the Festival Hall there are best


Now the National Theatre and a very special moment for The Queen. The


home of that great theatrical production War Horse, which I


understand The Queen is a great, There it is on top of the National


Theatre. Even the horse saluting! And that moment has taken them nine


months to prepare. Westminster Bridge, absolutely packed with


people. So we're back to Chelsea now and the narrow boat.


It is absolutely fantastic and the rain now is beginning to come down


quite heavily. 43 narrow boats altogether and 20 barges. That is


one of the iconic sights, not just of London, but of the whole country


and some of the smallest boats in the whole pageant. Of course, these


pictures are going all over the world, not just to Commonwealth


1,200 tonnes each, arm if you like, or each draw bridge section of the


Tower Bridge weighs. It can raised to their fullest extent of 80


degrees in an amazing 60 seconds. The gentlemen who received the


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Veterans and Sea Cadets on board A lot more boats to come through


Tower Bridge obviously and they will all be watched eventually by


The Queen. The Spirit of Chartwell has to make


a tight turn to bring it up alongside HMS President, sometimes


described as the stone frigate. It is located below Tower Bridge at St


Katherine's Dock. But the Albert Bridge is where we start it had. It


was the first bridge that the pageant had to contend with. There


is the Port of London Authority diver. I suppose that's the


equivalent of the clear-up van as they call it at the end of the


London Marathon. The weather has deteriorated. There are still many,


many boats to come past. HMS President that's where The Queen


will be for a little while yet with her guests and the rest of the


Royal Family. Just to the left is HMS Belfast, as another section


begins to make its way through Tower Bridge. We think it is the


service steam and working vessels. Another fire boat there paying


tribute to The Queen. I don't suppose Power Bridge has been up


this long for many, many years. -- Tower Bridge has been up this for


many, many years. Goodness, the weather has deteriorated. That when


you are the tallest building in Western Europe, that's one of the


down sides, isn't it? But despite the rain, well we are


British, we like a little bit of dampness, but I have to say one or


two people are a little bit more than just being a bit damp, but


they are sticking with it. The glass fronted vessel, The Symphony,


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hosting the musicians from one of # Send her victorious


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Here they


Here they are,


Here they are, at


Here they are, at least some of that choir, you may not recognise


When we were watching, right at the end, you did laugh? I think that's


all you can do is laugh because we cried so much when we were on the


boat itself. Was it possible to enjoy, despite


the conditions? I think the conditions made it more enjoyable


because there was a sense of team work going on and I think with the


occasion, I don't think there is any other occasion that would have


inspired us more to get on and do the job given the conditions other


than the fact that it was such an epic day and a part of history.


You were some of the stars of the show by the end. Everyone was


transfixed because you kept going and going, but at the end you must


have been freezing? We were freezing, yes and all our clothes


had stuck to us and our mascara was down our faces and possibly the


boys too and lipstick down our cheeks, we felt pride. It was


amazing the comradery and we felt from the crowds and everyone had


turned up on an amazing day. What was the response? When you


heard the music, I couldn't believe how loud it was as the barges came


along? It was incredible. As soon as we finish singing, -- finished


singing the uproar, it sent goose bumps down my neck. It was


incredible to see how patriotic everyone was and how supportive


they were. Amy, at what point were you


thinking, "This is going to turn grim in terms of the weather?" It


started off nice and it seemed controlled at which point did you


think "we're going to get We kind of thought we might have to


sing, singing in the ring. We thought there might be a bit of a


shower and we might get away with it. One of the singer said a couple


of days before, you're going to get so wet. We went, no, we won't, last


weekend was glorious. And sure enough, we went up and five minutes


before we set sail, the heavens just opened. There was no stopping


it then so we thought we had to embrace it. Oscar, you're heavily


outnumbered here, you are a brave guy. Tell us about your experience.


Did you enjoy it it despite it all? Coming from India it was a truly


British experience for me. We admire the Queen out there. To see


her was the adrenalin that took us through. She was the wipe out there,


we could see her. -- she was white. What did you do afterwards, get on


a drive set of clothes? I got a tablecloth for a start! Was that or


you got? Yeah! I went home. People on the tube were wondering, what is


this? I said, I was singing on the boat and then they recognised me.


Plenty of hot showers when you got home? No, there was no hot water in


my house when I arrived home side had to go to a friend's house. We


got downstairs, the production team were applauding us. -- when I


arrived home, so I had to go to a friend's house. They were trying to


provide as much tea as possible, it was incredibly British. You were


being applauded around the country, don't worry. You were a big hit in


the studio. Easy for us, in the dry studio. We weren't being smug in


any kind of way. Nice to see you Well, that was Sunday. Next came


Monday's concert that was organised by Gary Barlow. He'd recruited some


of the performers from around the Commonwealth. A BBC team followed


him on his tour for a documentary, called On Her Majesty's Service,


which also revealed how much he was Goose bumps happened for the first


time when they started to play. Music is their lives, this is where


-- this is their escape. Yeah, I love music. Music is in me. Music,


everyone here loves music. Michael is a sad story. I didn't actually


realise when I first went to meet them all that he was blind. I guess


he has needed music more so now than ever before. I was looking


around as they were playing and he was lost, he had escaped somewhere,


for those few minutes. Yeah, good on him. No matter what you go


through, no matter what difficulties you have, you still


have to stay strong. You don't have to break down and give up on


everything. You need to keep your head up and keep focusing on what


you want to do. He reminded me, while, it is a language we all


speak. -- wow. How much funded I have? A drum off. It was great. I


loved it. I think I will remember that for the rest of my life. It


was a beautiful moment. To be somewhere like this, so far removed


from how and where I live, that connection of music, I am taking it


home with me. Oh, yeah, well done! I think the


problem is this. That is the Gary Barlow, who played such an


important part in creating last night's concert. But just before


the event got under way, news came through that the Duke of Edinburgh


had been taken to hospital and wouldn't be attending the concert.


But the word from the palace was clear - the show was to go ahead


and the plans were not to change for the Diamond Jubilee Concert.


turned out to be even bigger and more spectacular than the Golden


Jubilee concert a decade ago. Here's something you haven't seen


before. An exclusive view of how the stage and rehearsals came


together over the past couple of # Hell is gone and heaven's here


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# Heaven knows your mother lied Mon cher


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# Suzie went and left us for some foreign guy


# Long nights crying by the record machine


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# Learning fast as the weeks went past


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# When your feet just can't keep still


# I never knew me a better time and I guess I never will


# Oh, Lawdy, mama Those Friday nights


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# Holding hands and skimming stones


# Had an old gold Chevy and a place of my own


# But the biggest kick I ever got


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# While the other kids were rocking round the clock


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# Isn't she lovely


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# I can't believe what God has done


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# Life and love are the same


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# I remember way back then When everything was true


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# Then we'd say nothing would come between us, two dreamers


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# Father wears his Sunday best Mother's tired, she needs a rest


# The kids are playing up downstairs Sister's sighing in her sleep


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# Molly is the singer in a band


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Thank you


Thank you very


Thank you very much. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Her


Majesty, The Queen and the Royal Highnesses, HRH The Prince of Wales


and the Duchess of Cornwall. APPLAUSE AND CHEERING


Your Majesty, mummy... APPLAUSE AND CHEERING


Thank God the weather turned out fine.


LAUGHTER And the reason, of course, is


because I didn't do the forecast! LAUGHTER


The only sad thing about this evening is that my father couldn't


be here with us because unfortunately he is taken unwell,


but ladies and gentlemen, if we shout loud enough, he might just


hear us in hospital and get better. APPLAUSE AND CHEERING


Your Majesty, a Diamond Jubilee is a unique and special event. Some of


us have had the joy of celebrating three jubilees with you. And I have


the medals to prove it! LAUGHTER


And we are now celebrating the life and service of a very special


person over the last 60 years. APPLAUSE AND CHEERING


So as a nation, this is our opportunity to thank you and my


father for always being there for us, for inspiring us with your


selfless duty and service and for making us proud to be British.


APPLAUSE AND CHEERING So Your Majesty, we offer you our


humble duty and with it three resounding cheers for Her Majesty,


The Queen. Hip-hip Aud hooray. Hip-hip.


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AUDIENCE: Hooray. Well, that stage is being


dismantled behind us tonight. After two days of party, there was a


Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral more unforgettable


scenes around Buckingham Palace. will start at St Paul's where the


Service of Thanksgiving included a piece sung by The Diamond Choir,


young choirsters selected for today's occasion and performing


after just a few days of rehearsal. With the crowds cheering outside


and a congregation of over 2,000 people inside the cathedral, the


Lord Mayor of London led The Queen into St Paul's for a service that


was led by the new dean of St was led by the new dean of St


Paul's Cathedral. As we come together


we give thanks for the blessings bestowed by God


on our Sovereign Lady Queen Elizabeth, and we celebrate


the identity and variety which our nations under her have enjoyed.




We offer


We offer to


We offer to Almighty God in the words Jesus taught us. Our Father,


hallowed be thy name. Give us this day and our daily bread. And lead


us not into temptation, but deliver # Sing to the Lord


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# Him serve with fear In the Name Of the Father, the Sun


and the Holy spirit, Amen. Some words from St Paul. Present your


bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God. There will


be other occasions to remember the splendour and the drama of the


Coronation. Today's Focus is What we remember is


suddenly and devastatingly bereaved -


a statement that she would be there for those she governed,


that she was DEDICATING herself to them.


"Dedication" is a word that has cometo mean rather less than it used to.


Those of us who belong to the same generation


as Her Majesty's older children


will recall a '60s song about a "dedicated follower of fashion" -


as though to be "dedicated" just meant to be very enthusiastic.




We are


We are marking


We are marking one very public act of dedication, which has endured


calmly, faithfully and generously through most of the adult lives of


most of us here. We are marking six decades of living proof that public


service is possible, and that it is a place where happiness can be


found. To seek one's own good and one's own well-being in the health


of the community his sacrificial a hard work. But it is this search


which is truly natural to the human heart. That is why it is not a


matter of tight loop duty or grudging compliance with someone


else's demands -- Pied a Liptar duty. Jesus himself says, my food


is to do the well of him who was sent to me. That is what is at the


heart of real dedication. This year has already seen a variety of


Jubilee creations and projects. But its most lasting memorial would be


the rebirth of an energetic, generous spirit of dedication to


the common good and the public service. The rebirth of a


recognition that we live less than human lives, if we think just of


our own individual good. May we be given the grace to rediscover this,


as we give thanks to day for Her Majesty's 60 years of utterly


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demanding yet deeply joy for # Lord of wisdom


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Beautiful. We're joined now by two people who took part in the service.


Brendan Soane was one of the singers in the Diamond Choir, and


Will Todd wrote the music for their anthem. Brendan, 11 years old,


singing in front of the Queen. An incredibly moving moment, describe


incredibly moving moment, describe what it was like for you. It was


amazing. I have never done anything like this before malls -- before.


My friends and family will be watching me and I can't believe I


did it. You're just in front of the Queen, the Royal Family there and


there's a 1,000 eyes of people. huge honour. Yes. We caught a


glimpse of you. You're singing with a lot of energy and enthusiasm, you


clearly enjoyed it. Definitely. I like the anthem. That is a very


good point to bring in Will. You must be proud. Absolutely thrilled.


These guys who sang, they had only been together since the Sunday.


They got together from all over the country, they met each other on


Sunday afternoon. None of them knew each other. Today's later, they are


singing. They are a choir. I feel like I know every single one of


them, 41 of them have come from over the country, really wonderful


characters. Can you remember what it was like as you were getting


ready? We are very nervous? wasn't that nervous because I was


singing as a choir, I was incredibly excited because it was a


once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I would never be doing this again.


Did you feel like you were making history in some sense? Yeah, I was


part of history because soon... Not soon but in 100 years there will be


looking back at the Diamond Jubilee. It is quite a challenge, when you


come together, you have not been singing before. Did it work


straight away, how comfortable did it feel? It was quite comfortable


because I made a few friends when I started. The rehearsals were very


good. They were enjoyable but quite tiring. I bet they were. There was


a lot to fit in, wasn't there? There was. They had all and the


song on their own before they arrive which is brilliant. But


singing together -- they had all learned the song. But singing


together, you have to get used to each other's voices. The sound they


made, it was like one voice. Credit to Andrew car would go to put them


through their paces. I was wiping away a tear, I was thrilled to have


been a part of it and have the opportunity to write for a


wonderful group of people. I was looking down on them before they


moved into position and I was thinking, how nervous do they fear


irk -- feel? As soon as they stood up, they were absolutely solid.


Let's talk a bit about the inspiration for the piece itself.


When you went about composing, what was the process? For me, it is


always the same process. I tried to think about the building where the


piece is going to be performed. I was imagining being in St Paul's


Cathedral with the big Echo. With the Queen there, what is it going


to be light, how can we make this moment really special and emotional.


And profound? -- what is it going to be like,? Trying to go for


something simple and beautiful. The rising phrase was the key to the


work. There was a nice moment in the film when the note start to


become soaring and they echo around the cathedral and the Prince of


Wales and the Queen look up and listen attentively, it is a nice


moment. It is something for you to treasure. Thank you very much.


After lunch there was a traditional carriage procession to Buckingham


Palace, with all the style that makes these occasions such a treat


for the crowds and many millions of television viewers around the world.


The Royal Family then appeared on the balcony for a flypast by the


RAF and a 'feu de joie' - a volley of rifle fire from the Queen's


guard. It was all yet another opportunity for the crowds to see


something special and to be part of The first and second divisions of


the Sovereign's Escort, leading the What a great view, Admiralty Arch.


You can see the grand gateway to the mow -- to The Mall, as


redesigned 100 years ago. The crowds around Admiralty Arch. This


was the vision of Edward VII. He didn't live to see its completion.


George V presided over the opening of this new, Imperial Avenue. And


all of it, laid out as a memorial all of it, laid out as a memorial


to Queen Victoria. The red plumes of the Blues and Royals, in their


dark navy tunics. The Life Guards in their dazzling scarlet tunics,


the third and 4th divisions of the The Royal Standard, a sense of its


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And the very orderly flow of people down The Mall, managed by the


police. Chris is on The Mall, let's join him. Swarms, wave after wave


of happy people. We have seen scouts, Brownies, everybody make


their way towards Buckingham Palace. And finally, they are here to see


what they have wanted to see. The balcony shot, the wave, and they


And Her Majesty the Queen leads members of the Royal Family on to


the famous balcony at Buckingham Palace, and waits for the crowd.


HRH The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. The Queen


flanked by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. A much


smaller group on the balcony than we have seen at past events.


The squadron leader is Jamie Watson The Lancaster and four Spitfires,


followed by a Hurricane. Flight Lieutenant Roger Nicholls.


The Spitfires. The Hirican flown by Andy Milligan. The Red Arrows,


spectacular, dynamic, exciting. Nine Red Arrows led by squadron


leader Jim Turner. The aircraft are streaming red,


height and blue over Buckingham Palace -- white and blue over


Buckingham Palace. That's the fly- past and they clearly enjoyed it.


The Queen certainly did. They wait for the special form of


# Send her victorious # Long to reign over us


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# Send her victorious Three cheers for Her Majesty, The


Queen. Hip-hip.


Hooray. Hip-hip. Hooray.


Hip-hip. And that was the end of the balcony


appearance and a formal end of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. It is


a good moment for us to take stock with Dominic. We are reflecting on


lots of things, not just the 60 year reign, but all the changes


that have taken place over a period of 60 years in Britain. What for


you stood out in the last few days. The amazing thing, it has been a


mix of events, you had the river pageant and the concert and the the


spectacle at Buckingham Palace and running through it all, is people's


sense of patriotism. We don't have Independence Day. So this is their


moment and running through, is people's deep seated and often


under stated affection for The Queen. This is somebody who has


dedicated herself to 60 years of public service and I think people


feel grateful and they feel enormously impressed in many ways


by the Queen's dedication to duty and her incredible stamina just to


get through the four days. I couldn't have done it, how she did


t goodness knows. Do you get a sense of any change in


Britain? You do. If you look back at the coronation in 1953 or the


Silver Jubilee, they were more high rark more high rarkle. Now you have


a monarchy that is more attuned and more keen to look democratic and


inclusive. In many ways, 50 years ago, you might have expected


affection for the monarchy to dwindle as people became more


affluent, but in many ways the romance has been rekindled and what


you have seen is a kind of, you know, a confirmation, I guess, of


the links between monarch and people.


Dominic stay with us. I want to hold on to one thought. It is that


sense of the changes of the past 60 years which was conveyed in a


documentary presented by The Prince of Wales as the weekend got


underway. It was his personal tribute to the Queen using some


rare cine film from the Royal Family's private collection and one


of the most compelling images is from 1952 taken within hours of the


Queen's accession. This was in the Treetops, I think,


it is called. It was a hotel in the trees, I think.


Amazing, isn't it to sit above them like that. Incredible. It was that


night they spent at Treetops that my grandfather died in his sleep,


but of corks my parents -- of course, my parents had no idea and


when they they moved on to this lovely game lodge, it took a while


for the news to came through. Then, they had to pack up and fly back to


London. Oh. That must be the aeroplane. I


presume it is my father taking photographs.. I have never seen


this. So these must be the first pictures taken of my mum after she


knew she was Queen.. I suppose when you first set out and think about


how long things might go on for, but The Queen has provided an


amazing record of devotion, dedication and commitment.


Devotion, dedication, and commitment. That extraordinary


moment seeing that captured on film. What did you make today of the


Royal Family that we saw out there on the balcony? It is interesting,


isn't it, the spectacle out there was a slimmed down version of what


you used to see in the 70s or 80s, they would get anybody who had been


vaguely related to the Queen. What you have got now is a leaner and


more effective Royal Family and the focus is very much now on the


younger members. You saw in the Queen's address to the nation, the


photograph behind of William and Katherine at their wedding. That's


the image the monarchy is pro projecting, it is younger and more


modern and more tune I suppose with the instincts and the tastes of the


majority of the population than it was in 1952 when The Queen acceded


to the throne. And do you think that is an


approach that can succeed? Because they are trying to balance to


things. Keeping the tradition, seriously promoting The Queen as


someone that can bind the nation together because that's one of the


most powerful themes and yet asking people to look ahead at the younger


members of the Royal Family at the same time? George III was the first


monarch who pulled this off. The mystique and the glamour on the one


hand and the pageantry and on the other hand, "We are not like you


and we are just like you at the same time. "the jubilee has been


another reminder with the Royal Wedding last year, that they have


relearned how do to that. How to show you that that William and Kate


are like you, but at the same time they are not. Their symbols of


something bigger than themselves and that is something they seem to


be pulling off well off really well. Just seeing The Queen 86 years old


and the Duke of Edinburgh almost 91, there they are day after day, after


day, out there, braving the elements and that really brought it


home, didn't it, to people the sense of duty and devotion?


rain worked in two ways. It wouldn't be a British event without


rain, but it did remind us that the story of the Queen's reign, the


story of her career has been one of extraordinary stamina and


dedication. No politician, no public figure in Britain, has been


going for so long and has never put a foot wrong. Has always been so,


you know, careful to say the right thing. Has always put duty first.


Now I couldn't do that and I doubt many of the viewers could and the


fact that the Queen has done it so impeccably, I think, is the key to


the extraordinary affection that people have with her.


We spent sometime today discussing Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee.


How will people look back at this? People will see this as a moment of


the affection that people have for the Royal Family. Foreigners are


struck by the amazing respect that people hold the Royal Family in.


Secondly, I suppose, these are very tough times we are living in. There


are terrible headlines in Europe and the economy and so on and deep


down most people still are, you know, they are proud to be British.


They are proud of their country. They like the opportunity to


celebrate it and the Royal Family provides the focus with which to do


Dominic, pleasure talking to you. Thank you very much.


We come to the end of a very special weekend and we will leave


you with some of the sights and sounds of the Diamond Jubilee which


came to a fitting conclusion when The Queen presented her own


statement of thanks from Buckingham Palace. From Sophie and me and all


of us on the BBC team, thank you for watching and good night.


The events that I have attended It has touched me deeply to see


The events that I have attended to neighbours and friends celebrating


mark my Diamond Jubilee have been a But Prince Philip and I


who have had a hand in organising these Jubilee celebrations.


It has been a massive challenge,


and I am sure that everyone who has enjoyed these festive occasions


realises how much work has been involved.


I hope that memories of all this year's happy events


will brighten our lives for many years to come.


I will continue to treasure and draw inspiration


from the countless kindnesses shown to me


in this country and throughout the Commonwealth.


Thank you, all.


# Sing it louder, sing it clearer Knowing everyone will hear you


# Make this moment last forever


# Old and young Shouting love tonight


# Some words They can't be spoken, only sung


# So hear a thousand voices shouting love


# Just sing


# Just sing


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